The Gold-Grobe House demonstrates the changes in the use of building materials that took place in Fredericksburg in the early twentieth century. The original house, a three-bay one-story limestone structure, was more than doubled in size in 1916 with the construction of a second floor and a rear wing. The new sections were built for farmer and surveyor F. W. Grobe using cast-concrete blocks from Basse Brothers Cement Yard, which suggests that limestone, while available, may have become a more expensive solution. The first floor porch columns are also Basse products.
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